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6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 30
  2. Negative: 8 out of 30

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Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 39
  2. Negative: 2 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: Jean Oppenheimer
    70
    The thriller aspects of the story and the overall solid level of acting -- including a sexy performance from a red-hot Nicole Kidman -- keep the audience interested but never fully emotionally involved.
  2. 75
    The Human Stain is heavy going. It's the flashes of dramatic lightning that make it a trip worth taking.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    80
    Elegant, thoughtful film.